Center for American Seapower

Hudson’s Center for American Seapower aims to promote public dialogue on ebbing U.S. maritime power where today there is no such dialogue. The Center will offer intellectual arguments and detailed policy recommendations for a robust U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, and a more effective U.S. Coast Guard as well as shipbuilding industrial base. The U.S. is by geography, commerce, security, and tradition a maritime nation. But Americans have become accustomed to the benefits of dominant seapower and are at risk of forgetting the national security consequences that accompany America’s continued decline in seapower.

Among other key areas of focus, the Center will:

- Examine the connection between America’s superpower status and global responsibilities and its seapower;

- Illustrate the U.S.’s indispensable role in promoting today’s international order;

- Draw on historical and current events to highlight the national security consequences for the U.S. of its eroding seapower;

- Detail and evaluate the rise of competing local and potential global maritime competitors;

- Explain the growing dependence of U.S. and allied economies on seaborne commerce; and,

- Develop alternate maritime strategies.

To address these issues, the Center will hold in-house conferences, and workshops. It will publish monographs, journal articles, and such other activities anchored in the work of distinguished naval experts and historians that articulate the intimate link between seapower and national power. The Center will be a non-partisan effort with a bi-partisan advisory board. The preservation of dominant seapower affects all Americans.

Policy Center News

Bryan McGrath and Seth Cropsey quoted in Information Dissemination on aircraft carriers

Seth Cropsey quoted in World Politics Review on nuclear deterrence and Navy shipbuilding

Seth Cropsey quoted in International Business Times on Putin and the election in Ukraine

Seth Cropsey quoted in El Mercurio (Chile) on the Philippines’ importance for U.S. security policy in Asia

Seth Cropsey’s book, Mayday, reviewed in the U.S. Naval Institute’s Proceedings

Seth Cropsey quoted in The Washington Free Beacon on missile programs



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